As is well known, the prophet Nephi was so beloved of the Lord that he was given power to command all things. If he called for famine, there would be famine. If he commanded Mount Nebo to be moved, it would be moved from its place. And in fact, one morning Nephi walked out of his house, looked at Mount Nebo, and commanded it to be moved thirty miles to the north. The mountain rose into the air, drifted north, and set itself down again in the place it stands today. After this, Nephi led a long and productive life, enjoying the devotion of those who loved him and the fear of those who hated him.
Even after Nephi died, Mount Nebo remained an object of considerable interest. After many years, however, some people began to question the wisdom of moving Mount Nebo. Orchards that had once relied on the mountain for shade withered in the sun, they pointed out. Farms that had once enjoyed unbroken sunlight were now stunted in its shade. Where the mountain now stood had once been a beautiful lake, and the mountain’s movement had obliterated a thriving ecosystem and crushed thousands of animals beneath it. What had once been the mountain’s base was now a rocky wasteland where nothing grew. The movement of Mount Nebo had blocked up rivers in some places and unleashed floods in others. In short, argued these earnest students of montanokinetics, Nephi’s impulsive action had left massive economic disruption and environmental devastation in its wake. Moving Mount Nebo had been a rash and thoughtless act that continued to cause misery up to the present day.
After a few years of growing discontent, they began to circulate petitions. Encouraged by the many signatures they gathered, they appointed a commission to study the issue. The commission issued a report of its findings and appointed a select committee to promote its call for action. Finally the select committee, in sorrow and distress, approached the house of Zenos, the new prophet. They knocked and waited until Zenos came to the door. The select committee laid out its case to him and called on him to disavow Nephi and his destructive heritage.
“Don’t be ridiculous,” said Zenos. “I would rather be under Mount Nebo when it landed than disavow a prophet who moved mountains.”